Instagram for Windows 10 is now a Progressive Web App
Instagram for Windows 10 is now a Progressive Web App

Instagram just unveiled its new redesign for Windows 10, not only visually, but it has become a Progressive Web App In other words, the PC application is now limited to replicating the web version of Instagram.

Actually, Instagram has always been a very mobile-oriented social network, and the Windows 10 version received few updates, so its users took too long to enjoy the new features.

By opting for a Progressive Web App (PWA) all the news that reach the web version of Instagram can be used on computers without additional development, which in the long run should offer a superior experience.

In fact, direct messages recently arrived on Instagram on the web, so it could be a sign that the possibilities from the browser are going to be expanded, which for now leave a lot to be desired.

Instagram for Windows 10 is already a Progressive Web App
Instagram for Windows 10 is already a Progressive Web App

The functions of Instagram in Windows 10 are limited, we can see the photos and Stories, send direct messages, publish content and follow new people. We also have access to notifications, the search engine and the Explore section.

On the other hand, we cannot publish photos, videos or Stories, nor send audios or make video calls in private.

Moving to PWAs does little or nothing to improve Instagram on Windows 10 so far, but hopefully it will be the basis for redirecting development. Twitter also migrated its PC app to a PWA, and the passing of the months showed that it was the right decision to keep it updated.

Those who have Instagram on their computer will see that the Windows Store updates it automatically (forcing you to sign in again), although we include the link for those who want to try it for the first time.

Instagram on PC is not very useful in general, but it can be convenient if you don't have your mobile handy, or you want to have a long conversation using the keyboard and a big screen.

We hope this is a first step for Instagram to improve on PC and the web, as we have already learned about new features such as appointments in conversations of Instagram that would be easy to implement on all platforms.

What do you think about Instagram changing its design on PC? Do you think a Progressive Web App will make it easier to stay up to date?

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